When shooting oneself in the foot, should you be happy you're a good shot?
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
It didn't seem like THAT big of a blunder. As I sit here contemplating it...I guess it was all in the timing. Let me explain.
You may have read my blog a while back where I was trying out a new 'thing' called diet bet. It's an internet thing where you enter a game with other players, each betting a certain amount (depends on the game) in a bet that you can lose 4% of your body weight in 28ish days. Those who win split the pot (minus admin fees). I was all excited about it...except not excited enough (obviously) to do what I needed to do to actually LOSE weight. So I lost my first diet bet.
I liked the idea, though, and wanted to try again when I got my head on straight. The timing was perfect, as I found a new game starting just as my sister & I were challenging each other to a weightloss duel. I started the diet bet and things were going swimmingly. There were ups and downs, as with anything you do, but I was surely trending in the right direction.
Then came last week, the final home stretch of my current diet bet. This is when I took the ole gun out and started waving it around my foot. Yes...something that seemed like a good idea at the time looks like it backfired on me. I got my fitbit (a good thing overall, I think), and discovered I could sync it with Sparkpeople, which I did. Now all my fitbit activity would show on my fitness tracker. Oh Joy! said the gadget nerd in me. Then I loaded the gun and aimed it at my foot.
Somehow, I stumbled upon a new functionality with the Sparkpeople nutrition tracker. Since I had synched my fitbit, I could convert to the 'new' way of doing things, where based on my fitbit activity, the nutrition tracker would change my daily calorie goal range. You could switch to this 'new' plan, but once switched there's no going back. Having been voraciously hungry all last week, and having all this new functionality dangled temptinlgy in front of me...I jumped. I think I set this in motion either Thursday evening or Friday morning. Bang.
On Saturday morning I checked my weight and I was 0.5 lbs under my diet bet goal. I could win! All I had to do was NOT gain 0.6 lbs (or more) before weigh in time was announced Monday morning. Whoopee!! Not so fast...
I was racking up steps with my fitbit, and my nutrition tracker was giving me higher & higher calorie ranges. And was I ever loving that! A weekend, and I could legally eat more! YAY! Not so fast...
Fast forward to Monday morning...and I'm 0.7 lbs OVER the diet bet goal. What? Gained 1.3 lbs in two days? Yep. Derp.
All is not lost - at least not until 4am tomorrow morning (the official end of weigh out). I was still those stinkin' 0.7 lbs over this morning too, yes indeedie do. Yesterday I ate below the OLD calorie range, and I'm on track to do that today too. We shall see...
So I guess when something seems too good to be true...don't be so quick to jump on it, huh? Dang it!